'There's a Game of Thrones Quality to This White House': Chris Wallace Stunned by This Week's Frantic Activity

As White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer stepped down on Friday, “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace lamented that the past week was supposed to be about products that were made in America, not a White House engulfed in chaos.


“This talk about Sean Spicer leaving as White House press secretary,” said anchor Harris Faulkner, “is there anything any of us that we should be looking at as maybe it was a one, two, three or is it not connected?”

“The only way they’re connected is there is tremendous disarray in the White House,” Wallace replied, “both on policy and on communications and of course, the whole point of communications is to advance policy.”

He went on to say that President Donald Trump’s administration has floated one media initiative after another, only to have the message scuttled by a reckless president who can’t control his impulses.

“There is a 'Game of Thrones’ quality to the White House,” Wallace mused. “You do have various power centers that are colliding with each other, whether its Steve Bannon — though not so much him anymore — Reince Priebus, Jared Kushner, the kind of harder nationalist group, people like Peter Navarro in trade and Stephen Miller in speeches. Gary Cohn and Mnuchin who are more globalist when it comes to policies.

“To a certain extent, this has been the team the president has wanted and he’s known there have been divisions amongst it,” said Wallace.

The White House has been consumed in an inferno of the president’s creation, mouthing off in a New York Times interview Wednesday about Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions — one of this staunchest allies — and launching his attorneys at Special Counsel Robert Mueller in an attempt to blunt and undermine the Russia probe.

“Made in America Week” got off to an inauspicious start on Sunday when the White House was unable to answer journalists’ questions about whether the Trump family companies would cease manufacturing their products overseas and produce them domestically.

“We’ll get back to you on that,” said spokeswoman Helen Aguirre Ferre.

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